Guild Mortgage Expands in Southeast with Opening of New Tampa Branch
Branch Manager Robert DiGiore Leads Office Team
With More Than 30 Years of Experience Serving Local Community
Tampa, Fla. – Guild Mortgage, one of the largest independent mortgage lenders in the U.S., has expanded its presence in Florida with the opening of a new branch in Tampa.
The Guild team is led by branch manager Robert DiGiore (NMLS #627480), who has more than 13 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Prior to joining Guild, he served as an independent mortgage broker with Freedom Mortgage and Innovative Mortgage Services, and was a mortgage banker with Chase Bank.
DiGiore’s team includes sales manager Marc Stern (NMLS #455518), loan officers Richard Smith (NMLS #624447) and Steven Bench (NMLS #1651194), and loan officer assistants Brittany Mazurek (NMLS # 1583840) and Nicole Viola (NMLS # 1671125). Together, the group has more than 75 years of combined experience in mortgage lending and has been serving homebuyers in Tampa for more than 30 years.
“Our team has always been committed to providing a convenient and friendly mortgage lending experience. By joining Guild Mortgage, we are able to offer a wider range of loan programs and more competitive pricing to our customers,” DiGiore said. “The greater Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area is a growing market with a strong economy and growing employment base that make it perfect for first-time homebuyers, families and retirees to call home. We look forward to helping more buyers achieve the dream of homeownership in this ultra-competitive market.”
Guild’s new branch is located at 12189 W. Linebaugh Ave. on the border of Hillsborough and Pinellas County in the Westchase Shopping Center next to Publix. The branch will be holding an open house on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Headquartered in San Diego, Guild Mortgage has six locations in the state of Florida, with offices in Altamonte Springs, Jacksonville and Lakeland in addition to Tampa. The Southeast has been the company’s fastest growing region the past two years, with total loan volume of $992.6 million in 2016, up 48.4 percent from 2015, and $1.3 billion in 2017, up 26 percent. The company now has 47 branches in the region, which also includes Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Guild Mortgage has more than 4,000 employees with 344 branch and satellite offices in 29 states. The company achieved records in purchase loan and servicing volumes in 2017, while reaching near-record overall loan volume of $15.94 billion for the year. Since 2010 (when loan volume was $4.1 billion), Guild has grown almost four-fold, expanding from its base in the West to the Southwest, Southeast, South and Midwest.
A top-10 national lender by purchase loan volume, Guild specializes in developing unique pilot programs and niche products to help deliver the promise of home in every neighborhood and community it serves. Its loan professionals can serve the needs of any homebuyer, from helping first-time buyers achieve homeownership, often through government loan programs, to homebuyers looking to upgrade with a jumbo loan. Guild also specializes in helping active duty and retired military personnel to secure VA loans, with 100 percent financing and flexible qualifying standards. The company is consistently recognized for its impact in the communities it serves, commitment to customer service, strength in regulatory compliance and workplace culture.